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Micro- and nanotechnology via reaction–diffusion

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Reaction–diffusion (RD) processes are common throughout nature, which uses them routinely to build and control structures on length scales from molecular to macroscopic. At the same time, despite a long history of scientific research and a significant level of understanding of the basic aspects of RD, reaction–diffusion has remained an unrealized technological opportunity. This review suggests that RD systems can provide a versatile basis for applications in micro- and nanotechnology. Straightforward experimental methods are described that allow precise control of RD processes in complex microgeometries and enable fabrication of small-scale structures, devices, and functional systems. Uses of RD in sensory applications are also discussed.

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The article was received on 02 Feb 2005, accepted on 12 Apr 2005 and first published on 12 May 2005

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/B501769F
Citation: Soft Matter, 2005,1, 114-128
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    Micro- and nanotechnology via reaction–diffusion

    B. A. Grzybowski, K. J. M. Bishop, C. J. Campbell, M. Fialkowski and S. K. Smoukov, Soft Matter, 2005, 1, 114
    DOI: 10.1039/B501769F

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